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Thai government bans mask exports to battle coronavirus

Authorities seize control of distribution and fix prices amid gouging complaints

A woman walks out of a drugstore in Bangkok after failing to find face masks in stock. Thai consumers have been stockpiling masks at home, leading to an acute shortage.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand's government has banned face mask makers in the country from exporting without permission, as it tries to meet surging demand driven by the new coronavirus outbreak.

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